NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging young people to sign up and vote for their Welsh Youth Parliament candidate.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, is calling on them to make sure they register so they can take part in the voting process.

A previous Youth Assembly for Wales, known as the Funky Dragon, was closed down in 2014, as funding was withdrawn.

However, many AM’s continued to campaign for its re-introduction and in 2016 plans were announced to re-introduce a youth parliament in their country.

Mr Hamilton said:

“I was delighted to see the return of the Welsh Youth Parliament and I am pleased to hear that there are 480 applicants for the 40 seats on offer.

“As someone who stood in my first election at the age of 12, when I was a pupil at the Amman Valley Grammar School, I welcome anything which encourages young people to take more interest in politics.

“Making them feel part of the process is a good start and will, I hope, give them a greater understanding of how decisions are made in Wales. It is vital they are able to have their say on what happens in Wales.

“I believe the views of the younger generation are extremely important for the future and I would urge anyone interested to make sure they register so that they can vote for candidates in their constituency.”

Neil Hamilton AM

The Welsh Youth Parliament 2018 will consist of 40 members who will take their seats in the Parliament, when it meets for the first time in February, next year.

Forty of them will represent the 40 constituencies of Wales, while another 20 will be elected by partner organisations to make sure there is representation from diverse groups of young people.

The term will last for two years and will empower young people to identify, raise awareness and debate the issues that are important to them.

Registration for voters, who must be aged between 11 and 18, is open on the youth parliament website until Friday November 16.

The election, which will take place electronically, opens at 10:0 am and closes at 5pm on Sunday November 25.

To register to vote go to: https://www.youthparliament.wales/

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